The Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics team has shocked the audiences after beating the Russian team at the FIG World Cup in Kazan last weekend.
The Bulgarian national team finished with a score of 18.050 in the Five Ribbons apparatus event, to finish with a comfortable margin ahead of the host country Russia, who only managed to obtain 17.900 points.
The team Israel, who became the champion at the 2016 European Championships in Holon, settled with the bronze medal after finishing with 17.350 points.
Japan, Spain and Finland completed the top 6 group competitors.
The Bulgarian team is currently coached by Ina Ananieva and comprised of athletes Mihaela Maevska, Hristiyana Todorova, Reneta Kamberova, Tsvetelina Naydenova and Lyubomira Kazanova.
The victory that the Bulgarian team has claimed was extra emotional considering that their fellow athlete, Tsvetelina Stoyanova, is still trying to recover from the heavy injuries she got from the incident last month in which she fell from the sixth floor of a block of flats in Sofia.
Host Country Russia Claims Gold at a Team Apparatus Event in Kazan
Failing to acquire the title at the Five Ribbon event didn’t stop the Russian National Team from displaying impressive performances at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Kazan.
On the final day of the competition, the host country’s national team became victorious on the Six Clubs and Two Hoops apparatus event. The team obtained a total score of 18.600 points to finish with a comfortable margin ahead of the competitors.
Belarus Acquires Silver on the Final Day of Kazan World Cup
The Belarusian team, comprised of Ksenia Cheldyshkina, Anna Dudenkova, Maria Kadobina, Valeria Pishchelina and Arina Tsitsilina captured the silver medal at the Six Clubs and Two Hoops event. The team collected an impressive score of 18.400 points, 0.200 points behind the gold medalist Russia. The bronze medal went to the Italian rhythmic gymnastics team, who acquired a score of 18.300. In the Five Ribbons event, the Belarusian team only settled on the eight spot.
The Belarusian athletes took home four more medals at the competition in Kazan last weekend. The team obtained the silver medal at the team All-around competition. In the individual competition, the Belarusian national team leader Melitina Staniouta clinches three more medals for Belarus – a silver medal in the Ribbon and two bronze medals in the Ball and Clubs apparatus events.
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